>> This is Johnny, a three year old German shepherd. His calling in life is not just to be a friendly pet but a highly trained police dog. Johnny is one of 50 canines at this new $13 million training center, the biggest facility of its kind in the Unites States.
It's beginning full operations this week, Reuters' Reporter Laila Kearney hung out with the dogs and their handlers at the center in Stormville, New York.>> Their greatest asset is their sense of smell. They train them to try and detect several different types of commonly used explosives like C4, a sort putty like explosive used to destroyed buildings.
>> The facility includes rooms modeled after classrooms and bus stations, 26 kennels, and a veterinary clinic. Outside, there are nine buses, ponds, and train cars at the end of a retired Metro North railroad track used for practice sessions.>> They'll be led on a leash into the train.
And they will get up on the seats, down under them, up into the overhead baggage area to find baggage that smells like it has explosives. Sometimes they'll have a fake suspect run into the water and have the dogs chase them into the water because these dogs don't necessarily like to go in the water.
So they put them in a lot of uncomfortable situations, distracting situations in order to get them used to the job in real life.>> In the wake of the deadly attacks at Brussels' airport and train station, and the Paris attacks from last November, US police agencies see highly trained dogs as key to maintaining security in large public spaces.
The USPCA estimates that currently there are about 10,000 police dogs in service in the United States. And the dogs here will help police across the country. At the end of the training exercises, Johnny is rewarded for his efforts with a chew toy. A small prize for a big job.
>> Cuz they wanna play.>> Right.>> So,